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Arrest Made in COTA Bus Attacks

Updated: Monday, May 6 2013, 07:15 AM EDT
UPDATE: (5/6/2013) (Kellie Hanna)  Columbus police have arrested the suspect seen in the surveillance video. 

Police identified the suspect as 21-year-old Montrell Rocker.  He was arrested Sunday night and then confessed to the crimes.

He's being held in the Franklin County Jail.

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COLUMBUS -- Police continue to search for crooks who recently attacked passengers riding public buses.

A
71-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman were repeatedly punched in the
face in separate incidents that occurred only hours apart on Monday
night. The assailants were after the victims' cell phones.

Those
attacks came just days after a female rider was shot in the head by a
stray bullet that smashed through a bus window. In another incident,
three people, including the bus driver, were maced on a COTA bus near
Refugee Road.

“If I had left my cell phone in my pocket, nothing
would’ve happened," said the 71-year-old victim, who now has black and
blue bruises over his left eye.

COTA told ABC 6/FOX 28 more than
65,000 people ride the transit system every day without incident, and
the bus line averaged just 3 assaults per 1 million trips last year.

All
buses include layers of security, including special duty uniform
officers who ride selected routes, undercover security officers, and
surveillance cameras.

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Reporter: Steve Levine
Web Producer: Ken HinesArrest Made in COTA Bus Attacks


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